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May 2, 2007 04:38 AM

Keen's Pub on a Friday night..advise....

We hope to spend our first day in NYC (Friday before Memorial Day) having Grimaldi's for lunch, strolling the bridge, a visit to the WTC site, and catch the sunset from the Top of the Rock. We are four adults (me, hubby, mom and dad), and we are staying at the Shelburne Murray Hill 37th @ Lexington. I was thinking of places for dinner after the Top of the Rock (9ish or so), and Keen's was suggested. Rather than a huge giant late meal, I was thinking that the pub might better suit our needs (was even thinking of Sarges Deli in the area as a back up plan, but we are planning on a Katz visit on Sunday).

How difficult will it be to secure a table for four on a Friday night (holiday weekend) in the pub area? Should we consider something else? Jackets aren't required are they?


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  1. During summer weekends, beginning with Memorial Day, the restaurant scene becomes quieter because many New Yorkers leave the city. That usually makes it easier to get reservations even at restaurants where it's normally quite difficult to do so. I can't imagine you would have any problem getting a table in the Pub Room at Keens around 9 p.m. (I think it's more popular at lunch.) Jackets are not required.

    If you are going to Katz's, don't bother with the deli at Sarge's. Of course, Sarge's menu is vast, and there are many other things you can order there.

    Depending on your cuisine preferences, there are many excellent casual dining options in the vicinity of your hotel. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

    Fagiolini, on the corner of Lex & 39th - Italian.
    Cibo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St. - Tuscan/New American.
    Cosette, on 33rd, b/t Lex & 3rd - French bistro.
    Ethos, on 3rd, b/t 33rd & 34th - Greek.
    Penelope, on the corner of Lex & 30th - Eclectic.

    Ali Baba, on 34th, b/t 2nd & 3rd - Turkish.

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    1. re: RGR

      Wow! Thanks RGR. We are, indeed, going to Katz during our time in the LES, so I was hesitant to do Sarges, too. I love all the selections you advised of, and I'll get busy now checking them out!

      1. re: twobluecats

        I live one block from your hotel and go to Da Ciro, Lex between 34th and 33rd several times a month. Excellent food--some made in the woodburning oven, laid back atmosphere, good service. Highly recommended!